Bad things happen because we live in a fallen world where both believers and unbelievers are hit with the tragic consequences of sin.
God allows evil for a time although he often turns it around for good (Romans 8:28). We may have no answers as to why God allows evil, but we can be sure he is all powerful and knows what He is doing.
We may have no answers as to why God allows evil, but we can be sure He is all powerful and knows what He is doing. The next time you face trials and dilemmas see them as opportunities to turn to God for your strength.
You will find a God who only desires to show His love and compassion to you. If you can trust Him in pain, confusion and loneliness, you will win the victory and eliminate doubt, one of satan’s greatest footholds in your life.
Make God your foundation. You can never be separated from His love.
It is almost universal to feel compassion whenever we hear of remarkable stories about people who persevered and did everything to change the course of their lives no matter how difficult. Whatever background we come from – nationality, race, belief, or faith – we feel touched, moved, and at times in awe of how some people can have so much persistence despite having the odds stacked against them.
Such scenarios are particularly special to me as I, for one, had a taste of how it was to struggle with the thought of not being able to go to school the next day due to financial issues. Coming from a big family, I have witnessed how my parents worked so hard to try to make ends meet just so they could send me and my four other siblings to school all at the same time. Like the students in the video, our hope to make things better on the financial side lied on getting an education.
Looking back, I can’t imagine what kind of life we would be facing had we not pursued our studies. Apart from my parents’ love and dedication, my only indication of hope that things will be better was the fact that I was still able to go to school everyday and together as a family we are overcoming our situation. It was this experience that made me not hesitate to help those who are struggling with the same situation as I was.
This brings me to four years ago when myself and a bunch of very good friends were given the opportunity to sponsor a student via Real Life Foundation. We started a yearly fundraiser for Melody – our adopted scholar. For three years, we were organizing dance sessions we entitled “I Wanna Dance for Zumbady”, where we sold tickets and donated the proceeds to the scholarship fund for Melody. Year after year, we would be totally awed by people’s generosity to give to the fund. Not to mention, participants had fun dancing and of course meeting new people.
Last year, apart from Zumba, we partnered with Dee Capulan of Souldeelight to provide Calligiving sessions or calligraphy workshops for a cause. It was certainly deelightful (pun intended) to witness a new group of people get involved in this benefit, and at the same time, see them enjoy this wonderful art of hand lettering taught by the ever passionate Dee. And if you must know, it was our best year yet in terms of total funds raised.
This 2016, we are excited to put together two Calligiving sessions to raise funds for the fourth and final year of Melody. It’s weird, but we feel like parents extremely looking forward to sending a daughter to her last year in the university. We couldn’t help but feel amazed at how her once impossible dream of getting a university degree is now becoming a reality.
With this, I humbly invite you to experience the joy of doing something not for yourself but to make someone else’s life better. Your giving is more than sending the scholars to school, or providing them with lunch money; it is an act of love and of shedding hope so that they may face a brighter tomorrow.
Our hope is secure and immovable, anchored in God, just as a ship anchor holds firmly to the seabed.
To the true seeker who comes to God in belief. God gives an unconditional promise of acceptance. When you ask God with openness, honesty and sincerity to save you from your sins, He will do it. This truth should give you encouragement, assurance and confidence.
The thing about anchors is that to be effective, they must be attached to something. There is always a connection: a rope or a chain. They aren’t wireless and can’t be connected to Bluetooth. That connection is every bit as vital as the anchor itself. It doesn’t matter how securely that big hunk of metal is wedged into the ocean floor – if you’re not tied to it, it’s not the least bit helpful. The chain matters greatly.
The wonderful thing about the anchor of the soul is that it, too, comes equipped with a mighty chain. Hope has a rope: the Holy Spirit.
Before entering God’s presence in the ascension, Jesus promised to send His spirit to be our Helper. He is our great rope that cannot be frayed, the one who has lashed our hearts to heaven.
Through the Spirit we have an everlasting guarantee, a down payment on the life that is to come. He is the proof that there is more in store and the death is not the end.
In times of overwhelming sadness, your anchor should strengthen you, but you should also be encouraged by the chain.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, JESUS, has entered on our behalf. he has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizidek”
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast”
~Ephesians 2:8-9~ NIV
When someone gives you a gift do you say, That’s very nice – now how much do I owe you? No, the appropriate response to a gift is “Thank you”. Yet, how often Christians, even after they have given the gift of salvation, feel obligated to try to work their way to God.. Because our salvation and even our faith are gifts, we should respond with gratitude, praise and joy.
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith”
~1 John 5:4 KJV~
Jesus never promised that obeying Him would be easy. But the hard work and self-discipline of serving Christ is no burden to those who love Him. And if our load starts to feel heavy, we can always trust Christ to help us bear it.
Too often, Father, I try to think my way through my problems rather than feeling my way. Open my heart so that I might know Your Love in the deepest way possible. Amen
“For this is what the high and exalted One says – he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
~ISAIAH 57:15 NIV~
“In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed”
~EXODUS 31:17 ESV~
The giver of life is also the renewer of hope, and He is ready and waiting to fill you with new life, new hope – to transform your heart and lift you out of the pit. All you have to do is ask.
Breath of life, breath into me Your sweet joy and peace.
Help me see the coming years as an opportunity to discard the old and embrace the new.
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”
~EPHESIANS 4:1-3 ESV~
God has chosen us to be Christ’s representative on earth. In light of this truth, Paulchallenges us to live lives worthy of the calling we have received – the awesome privilege of being called Christ’s very own.
This includes being humble, gentle, patient, understanding and peaceful. People are watching your life.
and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be,
but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him,
for we shall see Him as He is”
~1 JOHN 3:2~ (NKJV)
God’s ultimate goal for us is to make us like Christ.
As we become more and more like Him, we discover our true selves, the persons we were created to be.
How can we be conformed to Christ’s likeness?
BY READING AND HEEDING THE WORD
BY STUDYING HIS (JESUS) LIFE ON EARTH THROUGH THE GOSPELS
(Get ready for a Life-Changing Encounter with God as we continuously seek His face)
BY BEING FILLED WITH HIS SPIRIT
AND BY DOING HIS WORK IN THE WORLD
(even simple things matter)
Embrace Your Identity In Christ
“He has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts.” (2 Corinthians 1:22a NLT)
Your faith will grow stronger as you focus on your identity in Christ (Galatians 2).
What this means is that you abandon any image of yourself that is not from God. You stop accepting what others have said about you, how others have labeled you, and how others have defined you.
You start believing what God says about you, that he is pleased with how he created you, and that God defines you.
You’re not defined by your feelings. You’re not defined by the opinions of others or by your circumstances. You’re not defined by your successes or failures. You’re not defined by the car you drive, the money you make, or the house you say you own when the bank really does.
You are defined by God and God alone. He identifies you as his own (2 Corinthians 1:22).
The thing is, if you don’t know who you are, then you’re vulnerable to other people telling you who you are. But the concrete, solid, gospel truth is that you are who God says you are, and no one else has a vote in the matter.
This “identity issue” is an important part of living the abundant life. Jesus was able to face the incredible demands of his mission because he knew exactly who he was. He knew that he mattered to God, and that gave him confidence to move purposefully in faith. (RICK WARREN)
Saturate your mind with the truth of God’s Word. It’s filled with reminders of His unconditional love for you. He says you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). He says that nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:35). Don’t let the enemy steal your identity. You are God’s masterpiece. Believe it! (Joyce Meyer)